Monochromatic Rainbow with the StencilGirl Team: RED


Welcome to the hop! I hope you see your favorite color at a blog along the way and decide to try your hand at using a single color only changing the tint and tone by adding black or white paint.

Don’t forget to comment on this blog and the others for a chance to win a Gift Code for $25 worth of stencils!


Seems like it would be a relatively easy challenge, right? Try it. It will stretch your skills.

My color was red.


Initially, I wanted to start with a candy apple red (like a shiny red sports car). I played around with craft paints, and student acrylics, but as I played around with stencils and paper trying to find the colors I wanted to use the red did not “pop”.

So I went for Golden’s Cadmium Red and IZink Ice Red.


The YADA stencil is my starburst, and the YADA stencil is the web holding it in place.

You can see in the pic below where I added some water to my brush to add a darker tone. I didn’t want drips so I just let it dry. This is just the Cadmium Red:


I don’t know about you, but I associate red with hearts, cardinals, blood, roses, or Santa Claus. I wanted to try to move away from those themes, but I swear the YADA stencil crawled onto my desktop and looking in an old magazine for a couple of words it happened to be a February issue hence: Love Transforms.

Will these elements make it? Will the journal page stay as a portrait orientation?


I like this but thought it needed a bit more light and I cut the tissue element (upper right) in a couple of pieces trying to make it work before I set it aside.

I took the YADA stencil and added more bursts, this time applying the IZink Red with a scraper to give the page some texture. After it dried, I added some outlines in red, black and pink pens.


Here is the final result, or not, because love continues to transform, right?!



Do be sure you check out all the wonderful artworks in our Creative Team Monochromatic Rainbow Hop.

Shel Cee – Violet

Peg Robinson – Purple

Sue Plumb – Blue

Linda Edkins Wyatt – Green

Jennifer Gallager – Yellow

Claudia Neubacher – Orange

YOU ARE HERE: Carol Baxter – Red

Sunila Mahajan & Aditi Mahajan – Gold

Natalie May – White/Black

Debi Adams – Indigo

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My Mom’s Pizza + a few more recipes

Today I woke up and decided to make my mom’s recipe for pizza for dinner.


One has to make dough first and it’s not like any pizza anyone else in the world ever probably eats, unless someone out there still has the 4th Ward Relief Society’s Cookbook they complied as a fundraiser in the mid-1980s – straight from the days when Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup was a pantry staple.

As I pulled the cookie sheet out of the drawer to prep it for the dough I realized mom probably made it on a cookie sheet because she did not have a pizza pan. (Guess we ate so much Organ Stop Pizza there was never a need.)

Oh, yeah. And tomorrow is Mother’s Day.

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Between that date on the calendar and a slight case of the monthly blues, NOW I know why I am mixing up and rolling out dough. (Hey Angel Peggy! I am tempted to drive to town and buy pecans to make Mexican Wedding Cookies, but your cookies were extraordinary.)

Bread is one of my favorite words.

Fresh from the oven bread is hands-down, over any sweet treat, my favorite thing to eat.

It is comfort and home, mother and love.

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Making bread makes me cry and makes me happy.

She was perfectly imperfect. When we didn’t see eye to eye it was startling and we had to work to get back to moving forward. I never felt unloved.

Jean mothered everyone!

To all of my friends who are aching for just one more moment of mothering or chance to express thanks – I feel you. Here’s a song link to Ed Sheeran’s song Supermarket.

To all of my friends who missed mothering, I truly wish I could somehow gift you a day of my mom’s abundant care.

                                                                                                                                   Love, Carol


Oh! If you wish to try a pizza that is not a pizza, here’s the recipe for dough and all the things mom and I made with with it:

Carol’s Mom’s Rolls

Jean Jennings lived to be 92 years old. She was my mom and my grandma coz she adopted me. This recipe and my love for her go hand in hand. When I was a child, Mom would bake these rolls in pie tins then have me deliver to her friends around the neighborhood.


Add to one cup warm water in a large bowl:

An egg, a jigger or two of oil,

a pinch of salt,

sugar to taste (1/3 cup) and

one packet of Fleishman’s yeast.

Stir briefly with a fork.

Let sit until bubbly.

Mix in 3 ½ cups of flour until ball of dough forms.

Knead on a floured sheet of canvas fabric.

Let rise in bowl, covered with a towel, until double.

Knead, (punch out bubbles), roll out to about a ½ inch thick, then cut rolls and place rolls in pie tins or on cookie sheet.

Let rise until double.

Bake at 350 until tops are golden.

Butter tops.

Don’t eat them all before dinner!


My translation

In a large bowl mix:

One cup warm water (I find that bottled water interacts consistently with the yeast.)

One large or extra large egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil (Note that at some point in her later years she swears that she uses the white Crisco that comes in bars, but Carol swears this is absolutely not the recipe she learned.)

1 teaspoon salt (If you used a mineralized salt which I have discovered tastes better, the minerals can color the rolls if you are not adding spices.)

1/4 cup oil

1/3 cup sugar

One packet of yeast

Stir with a fork and let sit for about 10 minutes until bubbly.

Then, gradually add in at least 3 maybe 3 1/2 cups of sifted flour as you stir/knead to form ball of dough. (If you use a big enough bowl you do not need to turn it onto the counter—it can rise in the bowl.)

Let ball of dough raise for a couple of hours until it about doubles in size.

Tear ball of dough in half. Knead air bubbles out then roll out on lightly floured counter top to about a half an inch high. Cut out rolls.

Place them on a pan with sides barely touching. Let them raise until about double again. Bake at 350 degrees F until tops are golden brown—about 12 minutes.


Hot Dog Things:

Make hot dog things by slicing a Kosher hot dog not quite fully through the center and stuffing with diced green chili and cheddar cheese before wrapping in dough.

Place rolls on pan with ends barely touching and let raise again until double.

Hot dogs things need a 400 degree oven and a little longer than rolls to cook.

Butter tops.

Try not to eat them all, rolls or hot dog things, until dinner or wherever you are taking them. Great camping food for the road trip.


Carol’s roll variations:

  • Olive oil—used as a replacement for vegetable oil. Your dough will be heavier and take longer to raise.
  • Crushed garlic and/or other dried spices—yummy! Goes with olive oil. Add to during initial mix.
  • Grated cheese—I add maybe a half a cup during initial mix.
  • More sugar—sweeter rolls.
  • You can get them to raise faster on a cold day in the kitchen by pre-heating the oven and letting the dough rise on top of the stove.
  • I made them once adding yogurt and chopped fresh mint leaves. If you try this, you will need t adjust the flour up and the water down.
  • Virginia, a woman I worked with, used milk instead of water in her rolls. I have never tried that recipe modification, but her rolls were yummy.


Cinnamon Rolls

Grandma Jean used to bake cinnamon rolls in a deep iron pan with honey and pecans at the bottom (I believe you would need to add butter so that they would not stick).

I have tried but never duplicated the flavor of what is hardwired in my taste buds and memory. This is close….

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Flatten and shape the dough until it’s a 9 X 14 inch rectangle. Sprinkle the surface with the filling mixture, leaving a 1/2 inch border.

Tightly roll the dough using the 14 inch side. Cut into 8 pieces and place swirl side up in the baking pan. Start by placing one in the middle and then surround the center roll with the remaining rolls. Brush with 2 tbsp melted butter.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

Cream cheese frosting

Combine with a whisk:

For the icing
3 tbsp cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp buttermilk
1 cup powdered sugar

Spoon over top of rolls and you are ready to serve!


Grandma Jean’s Pizza

Roll dough out on a cookie sheet.

Mix together I can cream of mushroom soup, one can of tomato soup and two cans of diced green chilies. Spread mixture evenly across dough.

Brown a pound of hamburger and spread it across dough.

Dice onions to taste and sprinkle across dough.

Top with cheese.

Bake at 425 degrees until pizza crust is a golden brown (about 20 mins)


Storming the Castle

I like flying pigs because they are full of whimsy and possibilities and permission to fly into something new.


Kristie Taylor gave me the idea for the inked background and awhile back I saw a Graphics Fairy post by Heather that looked interesting, but I wanted to try it brighter.

The flying pig caused me to use waaaaay more artsy crafty goodies than normal.


The crosshatch portion of the large stencil from Mary Beth Shaw’s Private Collection 16.2 for April 2016 StencilClub


Once Upon a Time Stencil by Carolyn Dube


Large Feelin’ Groovy Stencil from Jessica Sporn’s April 2015 StencilClub set.

Mixed Media Paper and Deli Sheets

Staz-On Inks – Claret, Gothic Purple, Blue Hawaii, Orange Zest, Emerald City, Midnight Blue, and Glaze-On

1 flying pig, 1 fairy in the moon, 1 bird wearing a bonnet fussy cut from my stash of scrapbook paper – Graphics 45

Acrylic Paints – black, grey, yellow, pink, Translucent Pearl – Paper Artsy

Distress Crayons -Salty Ocean, Lucky Clover, Wildflower Violet, Squeezed Lemonade

Baby Oil, Sponges and Sponge Brush, Paper Towels, Heat Tool, Scissors


  1. Ink the background landscape on mixed media paper.
  2. Stencil castle and flowers on individual sheets of deli paper. Let dry. Tip: It helps to line up the deli paper and stencil with the landscape on the bottom.
  3. Apply baby oil to all three sheets and the pig. I just did the front sides. Tip: hold the mixed media paper to a light source to make sure it is not blotchy. It is greasy and  looks like this: wierd-face-in-layer.jpg
  4. Use crayons to add a little more definition to landscaper and blend with finger. 20180219_192140.jpg
  5. Let papers dry a couple hours or overnight.
  6. Trim layers.
  7. Place a scrap sheet under the project and apply Glaze-On between the layers – it works as a glue. (I bet good ol’ Modge Podge would work too.) Let project sit under a couple of heavy books overnight.
  8. Pearlize the top layer, add pig, bird, and fairy. I bent the wings a little so they’d stand out)
  9. Hit project with a heat gun to dry. Trim project from scrapsheet.


Shall I frame it or glue it into my art journal?

I had fun with this project and while I am glad I tried it, it did feel a bit too messy for my tastes. I think I prefer the outcome of beeswax and (be still my heart) actual encaustics. Still, I would hate to waste the baby oil.

It was almost my castle on the lake.


Betcha Ed Sheeran never saw a flying pig watching the sunset over the castle on the hill!



Heavy Metal – Take a Ride

“You like music more than art,” I think that was Cecilia’s comment on a recent post.

Maybe. Probably.


At my 30th high school reunion Johnny B aka Ziggy reminded me that I’d once said, “I would rather be blind than deaf because I would never not want to be able to listen to music.”

They nailed it.

I’d say, as part of the MTV Generation, that music and art are irrevocably entwined.

I am also enamored of the art-form we call still call film even though it is shot digitally.

About two decades before MTV, that maestro of vitriolic song, Tom Lehr, pointed out in one of his shows that movies needed a popular music soundtrack to succeed and then launched into “The Elements” to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.

Of course, the connection between music and art has always been a part of humanity from the moment one person looked at a gourd and decided they could play it to their buddy who made regalia from animal skins decorated with dye made from berries and perhaps the feathers of a bird.

Sometimes the separation of music from visual art must be a consciously separate act. One could listen to music with eyes closed or walk quietly through the Heard Museum (through Aug. 20) looking at the art of Frida Kahlo. No right or wrong here.

To be able to look at art, to make art, to share art is a profound freedom when you think about it. There are places in the world where women are not allowed to be creative and men are only ever allowed to let their creativity out within set parameters. Consider for a moment what effect that has on their souls.  I can’t imagine a day without song or some creative outlet.

Let’s dance our way back to lighter topics like a music oriented art journal, a concept I can happily explore!

Doubtless you have listened to music before but if you have not stenciled, try it!

When you look at a stencil do you ever immediately know what you want to do? I saw Mary’s large stars stencil on the computer months ago and thought I was going to make a layered star rainbow – because wow! the options these star stencils give you for layering! Plus StencilClub membership gives you access to a whole community of art-makers who are stars in their own right!

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However, when it arrived in my p.o. box, (you have to know I am like a little kid and I open them in the car before I ever leave the parking lot) I realized I also needed The Sky’s the Limit July 2015 StencilClub set because I was going to pay homage to the 1981 movie, “Heavy Metal” in my art journal.


Yeah, “Heavy Metal”.

What’s not to like about an astronaut flying about the universe in a Corvette? That is a cool image!


Drive it up and let’s cruise a while

Leave your troubles far behind

Still with me? Here was my thought process:

The largest star would hold the happy alien face from Lizzie Mayne’s small Warped Holes stencil (A fave – I swear it smiles at me from my stencil stash!) and one June Pfaff Daley’s mermaids from Mermaidia could ride on top of it (but with Taarna not Ariel as the heroine – so I had to figure out how to draw legs – ignore that hand!).


I gave myself the cleverness award for placing the musical note as her eye and the clef sign as her ear.


I know glitter is often not held in much esteem past grade school crafting, but I’m 50 and I like it, like it, yes I do… A raspberries (beret) for you if you don’t.

The mini and bonus stencils were perfect to incorporate as well as Mary’s It’s a Small World Longitude and Latitude Stencils. Just Plane Fun and the small from the August 2016 Here, There & Everywhere StencilClub set made it onto the pages as background (pics below) too.



Colors I used: Titanium White, Cadmum Red and Cadmum Yellow by Dick Blick. Real Navy by Plaid, and Wild Orchid by Americana. Red and Silver All Purpose Inks applied with Fantastix available from Imagine Crafts, plus Glitter Foam I picked up heaven knows where., and lyric vellum I had in my stash (I was looking for actual sheet music but found the vellum first – LOL.)


You’ve got a touch of redline fever

‘cause there’s just one cure that we know for sure

Pretty sure the cure the songwriter was talking about was sex; That ‘d be an entirely different blog post!

Cures I know about:

Thanks for taking the time to read my brain dump and look at what I made!


p.s. Pink Floyd is singing in my head about the Wish You Were Here Postcard.

Disclaimer & credits: I actually do not consider myself a “fan” of the 80s rock genre called heavy metal. But I obviously appreciated the film. The “Heavy Metal” lyrics I quoted were written by Don Felder, former lead guitarist of the Eagles. My job is not quite as cool as an astronaut’s but I get StencilGirl stencils as a part of it and that certainly delights me when I open my mailbox.  The opinions are entirely my own (duh) and I did not get paid to make art for, write this post, or include links that open in new windows.

A Slice of the Islands – Stenciled Pineapple Cards

I’ve been singing Harry Nilsson’s “Lime in the Coconut” for months. Ever since June Pfaff Daley mentioned pineapple stencils. I know the lyric, “you put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up” does not mention a pineapple, but it is tropical! Work with me 🙂

I made cards with the March StencilClub set June Pfaff Daley designed for StencilGirl.


A cool thing happened while stamping on black cardstock. My yellow paint took on a gold cast and my pineapple pieces popped! One of the fun surprises of working with paper (recycled paper generally does interesting things under paint or resin) and adding a chemical, in this case, acrylic paint.

Here’s the set:



I just thought of a pineapple song…. from one of Elvis’ movies set in the Aloha State.

I’m a poor Hawaiian beach boy, a long way from the beach,

’cause someone shoved his face against my hand

Now I’m a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple

I’m in the can

I was mindin’ my own business,

Drinkin’ daddy’s juice

I swear I’ll never touch that stuff again

Now I’m a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple

I’m in the can





Of course we all have favorite art supplies, and if you like to stencil, favorite stencils. I made a couple of over-sized cards using elements from Ms. Daley’s large and mini stencils from the set as well as Sue Pelletier’s Loose Woman Stencil #1. She needed a pineapple skirt as she dances to “Tiny Bubbles”. Do you think that means I need a wine glass inside the card?


This next card also uses Terri Stegmiller’s small stencil from May 2016 StencilClub and Jessica Sporn’s Eastern Leaf Lotus stencil. You can see the little elements from the large Pineapple stencil.


I can hardly wait to mail this card to Lynn who lives in Idaho — a long drive from Arizona. I miss hanging out and talking with her face to face so much!

Always remember to put lime in your coconut before you stand on your head and look at your art supplies upside down. You just might think of a way to use them you had not thought of before!



“A Loose Woman Imitates The Little Prince” for StencilGirl & Impression Obsession Blog Hop



The moment I saw Seth Apter’s science fiction looking rubberstamps I had to have them. They suggested the Out of this World is the theme. Starry skies and science make me feel delighted, scared, and hopeful all at the same time.


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However, the project evolved and surprised me. I’d picked out  StencilGirl stencils I wanted to use with the stamps months ago and then three new ones leapt into the fray!

I was a massage therapist for 2 decades and it seemed to me, in my little microcosm, that women over 50 lived easier in the world, body and soul. Hence, Sue Pelletier‘s Loose Woman series of stencils for StencilGirl Products speaks to me. (Apologies to Sue if she saw her creations as younger!) I used the small ones and you can see them in a video HERE.

This little canvas celebrates ME though a riff on one of my favorite books of all time, “THE LITTLE PRINCE” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is always a good read when I need perspective in my life.

By the time you read this blog post I shall be 50 years and a few days old. I’ve been regaled with wisecracks, comments and questions:

70 is the really hard birthday!
50 means you are just beginning your creative journey!
50 is the new middle age.
Would you like to join Senior Circle? (Don’t even get me started…)
Have you received your first mailing from AARP? (Yes, 15 years ago and I was highly insulted!)
I’m younger than you are!
Do you feel old mom?
and fortune and friends smile upon me, too many well wishes to count!

I think, if birthdays ending in 1 through 9 make us reflect on the year behind and the year ahead, those ending in 0 make us look at who we are against the journey of all we wanted to accomplish. I’d like to say “within the journey” but I seem to push back more often than not. Represented on my canvas by the (hopefully) extinct volcano.

Rabbit was my nickname as a child. The Rabbit is sitting in for The Fox.

My Flower under glass represents all the characters and stories swimming in my grey matter. A daring 50 years young woman might accept the responsibility and remove the glass… Seriously, my personal goal for the year is to write my way out of my novel “BRAMBLES”.

It was enormously difficult to choose a planet from among Seth Apter’s Solar System and Roundabouts rubber stamps for Impression Obsession; each one is so interesting. I did not even have to put the stamps on a block to stamp. The lines and details stamp impressively clean on the no-fray (slightly bumpy) fabric in the photo below. The more I look at them to more ideas I get.


Here are the steps for my mixed media canvas: A Loose Woman Imitates The Little Prince

1) Paint canvas background and add a critter silhouette at bottom looking up.
2) Stamp the largest of Seth’s planets on fabric (I used non-fray fabric) with Staz-On ink and cut out the planet.
3) Figure out where the place planet, volcano, flower, lone star (below planet) and loose woman.
4) Stuff planet with cotton and hand stitch to canvas with thread that matches the ink.
5) Stencil Loose Woman #2 because I liked her long hair and she is a lady leaping.
6) Stencil flower using Eastern Leaf Lotus Flower Repeat #L421 stencil and use iridescent paint to cover like a bell jar.
7) Paint volcano and small green Baobab tree seedling.
8) Paint her hair (or you could embroider) with rainbow strands.

Astronauts on the Loose Cards


A good friend of mine, Christine, hates the waste of envelopes. My boss, Mary Beth Shaw, has taught me to use them for art journaling. Recycling some envelop insides for clothes and making cards seemed like a good compromise.


1) Paint (be sure to add some shimmer!) and stencil the background. (Warped Holes has some smiling, tumbling alien faces in it!)s181-warped-holes



 Stencils used: Loose Woman #1, 2 & 3, Mary Beth Shaw’s mini stencil from December 2013 StencilClub, Lizzie Mayne’s Warped Holes S181 and Twist Lattice S152


Sue also designed a Loose Woman set exclusive to StencilClub July 2013 (You must be a club member to purchase the club set.)
2) Play paper dolls with me! Stencil each Loose Woman on a card.
3) Fussy cut paper patterns for boots, oxygen tank, and top of astronaut uniform (I adapted the window part of an envelope for the helmet.)window-from-envelope
4) Glue clothes on woman, detail boots andbootseach breastplate, then glue woman on the background. pre-embellishment
5) Stencil and stamp envelopes.blonde-hearttangerine-loose-woman
6) Address to another loose woman.
7) Go forth and impress your local postal clerk.
Optional: There are Star Trek stamps and planet stamps available right now! Live long and prosper!black-hair-loose
Tip: If you do not plan to mail these astronauts across planet Earth, you could also embellish with other 3D bits you’ve got handy in your studio

May your friendships be many
Your birthdays be fine,
Your travels be carefree &
May art allow you to unwind!

Yours loosely,

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The end of my teenage wildlife

As I was going over the final edit for this post, my daughter tagged me on Facebook with this:

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My daughter and I have waist length hair. Waiting for a Queen Nation (Queen tribute band) concert to start one evening we laughed about the long hairs that somehow weave themselves into the fabric of our clothes.

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Music and laughter – delights we have always shared. The notes, rhythms, and lyrics weaving their way into the fabric of our souls. Listening again and again – part indulgence, part celebration, part trying to understand the world.

We both think Freddy Mercury had one of the most amazing voices ever. He died before my daughter was born. (She came out with my love of Chinese food and  his voice  – Queen, for a reason that escapes me now, was on my CD player quite a bit just after she was born.)

In a way I envy my girl, she can just react to the beauty of Freddy’s voice with no strong memories attached.

In January David Bowie died.

He and Rod Stewart are my Faves.

Thanks to a cute boy I like, I was introduced to “David Bowie with the Shocking Pink Hair” music in 1980. Thanks to my friend Kelly I was able to see Bowie’s Serious Moonlight concert in 1984 (I was a screaming, crying teenybopper ). Singing along to Bowie’s music made me, makes me, feel alive.

Apparently my friends equated me as a passionate (rabid?) Bowie fan because several, even my ex, reached out to ask if I was “okay”. Truly sweet, much appreciated gestures, but odd as well.

Like Buddy Holly, J P Richardson, and Richie Valens, David Jones died a man with a family who, no matter the depth of my personal feelings of loss, of change, of the end of my teenage wildlife, were dealing with feelings uncountable orders of magnitude greater.

Glenn Frey and Prince died this year.

Too soon. Too soon.

Yesterday I indulged in a marathon of music videos on You Tube. Here are a few that grabbed my attention:

Have a song that moves you? Share it and shake the blues.